Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France on Friday, June 8 by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert, according to CNN.
The cause of death for celebrity chef and CNN’s “Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain has been revealed.
According to the prosecutor of Colmar in France’s Alsace region, Bourdain hanged himself in the bathroom of his French hotel room.
Prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told The Associated Press on Saturday that the famed chef and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” used the belt of his hotel bathrobe to commit suicide on Friday, June 8.
The prosecutor said toxicology tests were being carried out, including urine tests, to see if Bourdain took any medications, to try to help his family understand if anything led him to kill himself.
Bourdain’s girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, said in another statement, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine,” Argento tweeted Friday.
— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) June 8, 2018
I…don’t…believe it. I don’t and I won’t.
— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) June 8, 2018
Both were filming an upcoming episode of Bourdain’s award-winning show.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
CNN statement regarding the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain: pic.twitter.com/MR1S5fP16o
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 8, 2018
— Eddie Jackson (@fitchefeddie) June 8, 2018
Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food. Remember that help is a phone call away US:1-800-273-TALK UK: 116 123
— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) June 8, 2018
— Food & Wine (@foodandwine) June 8, 2018
Bourdain transformed his popularity of as a best-selling author and celebrity chef into TV stardom through his programs on the Travel Channel and CNN, where “Parts Unknown” has been one of the network’s most popular series since it was launched in 2013.
Bourdain’s first book, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In the Culinary Underbelly” was a major sensation in 2000 for revealing the secrets of the restaurant business and his own personal struggles as he made his way to the top of the culinary industry.
Anthony. One of my idols. Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now 🙁
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) June 8, 2018
I have to say I’m in total shock to hear that the amazing @anthonybourdain has just died 💔 he really broke the mould, pushed the The culinary conversation and was the most brilliant writer….he leaves chefs and fans around the world with a massive foodie hole that simply can’t be replaced…..rest in peace chef 👨🍳 🙏 thoughts and love to all his family and close friends xxxxxxxxxxx
Maybe we all wanted to hang out with him. He was that cool, fun, frank, insightful. He introduced us to distant lands and to people with different traditions. And without ever preaching, he reminded us that we humans are far more alike than different. Thank you Anthony Bourdain pic.twitter.com/QMznx4JMhS
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 8, 2018
Anthony I am so mad at you. You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back. pic.twitter.com/kqOEdJ80h9
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) June 8, 2018
Man I can’t believe Anthony Bourdain killed himself. It’s so sad cause he looked like guy who lived life. You never know what’s going on with people yo. Be kind to folks. Shit be kind to yourself. It’s easier said than done but ask for help!! Mental heath is real!! #pleasenomore
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) June 8, 2018